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ISBN13: 9780393321982
ISBN10: 0393321983
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Staff Pick

Highsmith is a master of stark, poetic prose, acclaimed for her relentless themes of murder and psychological torment. She is best known for her series of five Tom Ripley novels, popularly referred to as the Ripliad. Like the Ripley stories, Highsmith's debut book, Strangers on a Train, is most remembered for its adaptation to the screen. Its hypnotic plot revolves around a moment between two strangers and one very out-of-the-ordinary proposition: "...what an idea! We murder for each other, see? I kill your wife and you kill my father!" Yes, Hitchcock made that famous movie, but Highsmith's original novel is more complex and far darker. More than just a gripping thriller, this fascinating character study asks the question: What is the dividing line between sanity and madness, between the hunted and the hunter?
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With the acclaim for The Talented Mr. Ripley, more film projects in production, and two biographies forthcoming, expatriate legend Patricia Highsmith would be shocked to see that she has finally arrived in her homeland. Throughout her career, Highsmith brought a keen literary eye and a genius for plumbing the psychopathic mind to more than thirty works of fiction, unparalleled in their placid deviousness and sardonic humor. With deadpan accuracy, she delighted in creating true sociopaths in the guise of the everyday man or woman. Now, one of her finest works is again in print: Strangers on a Train, Highsmith's first novel and the source for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1953 film. With this novel, Highsmith revels in eliciting the unsettling psychological forces that lurk beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.

Review:

"It's no surprise that Hitchcock picked this story for a screen adaptation in 1951. With its slow-building tension, it is perfect material for the master of suspense. But, as is the case with most book-vs.-movie comparisons, the novel wins out. Highsmith's scalpel-precise language and complex psychological development twist an ordinary encounter between two strangers into an disquieting tale of obsession and peril." Ann Ellenbecker, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Review:

"Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing....bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night." The New Yorker

Review:

"For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith." Time

Review:

"From the I can't believe this is out of print department comes Highsmith's white-knuckler and the basis of the Hitchcock film of the same name. With this, her first novel, Highsmith set the pattern she would follow in later books, introducing sociopaths who are so subtle they can pass unnoticed in the world around them." Library Journal

Review:

"One of our greatest modernist writers." Gore Vidal

Synopsis:

A major new reissue of the work of a classic noir novelist.

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, and, The Price of Salt, as well as numerous short stories.

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lukas, September 23, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Patricia Highsmith's first novel, from 1950, and the basis for Hitchcock's film, which is quite different. If anything, Highsmith's novel, about a plot to swap murders, is darker, creepier, and more nihilistic than the film. Like Hitchcock, she is interested in guilt, particularly that of the architect character, but the character of Charles Bruno is a straight up, remorseless (and alcoholic) psychopath. Graham Greene called her "the poet of apprehension." If you like this, check out her celebrated Ripley series.
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Sir Gumbo, October 15, 2009 (view all comments by Sir Gumbo)
This is wonderfully dark and insightful writing. Very disturbing indeed, as it forces us to look on as a seemingly only normally-insecure protagonist, caught in an unhappy marriage, and leveraged by semi-hubristic career ambitions, is ever-so-gradually suborned by an adept psychopath.

It will make you think - and squirm - as to where or when you would have been bold enough to turn the train off the tracks.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393321982
Author:
Highsmith, Patricia
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Railroad travel
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Series Volume:
106-713
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.36x5.48x.73 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393321982 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Highsmith is a master of stark, poetic prose, acclaimed for her relentless themes of murder and psychological torment. She is best known for her series of five Tom Ripley novels, popularly referred to as the Ripliad. Like the Ripley stories, Highsmith's debut book, Strangers on a Train, is most remembered for its adaptation to the screen. Its hypnotic plot revolves around a moment between two strangers and one very out-of-the-ordinary proposition: "...what an idea! We murder for each other, see? I kill your wife and you kill my father!" Yes, Hitchcock made that famous movie, but Highsmith's original novel is more complex and far darker. More than just a gripping thriller, this fascinating character study asks the question: What is the dividing line between sanity and madness, between the hunted and the hunter?

"Review" by , "It's no surprise that Hitchcock picked this story for a screen adaptation in 1951. With its slow-building tension, it is perfect material for the master of suspense. But, as is the case with most book-vs.-movie comparisons, the novel wins out. Highsmith's scalpel-precise language and complex psychological development twist an ordinary encounter between two strangers into an disquieting tale of obsession and peril." Ann Ellenbecker, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing....bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night."
"Review" by , "For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith."
"Review" by , "From the I can't believe this is out of print department comes Highsmith's white-knuckler and the basis of the Hitchcock film of the same name. With this, her first novel, Highsmith set the pattern she would follow in later books, introducing sociopaths who are so subtle they can pass unnoticed in the world around them."
"Review" by , "One of our greatest modernist writers."
"Synopsis" by , A major new reissue of the work of a classic noir novelist.
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